iRun is an East Idaho business that was founded in 2021 for the purpose of raising money for local cross-country teams. We are staffed completely by volunteers and are funded only by donations.
Cross country is one of the few sports that doesn't cut athletes and allows everyone to compete. Long-distance running teaches kids how to set goals, work hard, and push limits.
However, managing a cross-country team is expensive. There are weekly race entry fees for each runner on the team (some local teams boast 60+ runners!), travel, equipment, and timing services.
Raising money for all of these expenses is hard and time-consuming. We wanted to create a fund-raising option that didn't have athletes knocking on doors or getting a small percentage for their efforts.
iRun designs unique, "Optional Donation" races and asks our registered runners to donate what they feel comfortable giving. We don't spend money on timing chips, t-shirts, and swag and instead give the money that would be used for those amenities to the teams we're racing for.
We think most runners would rather have a fun race than swag bags, T-shirts, and fancy finish lines. When you race with iRun, you are investing in a new generation of runners and making memories. Because runners need more fun, not more stuff.
That's my idea. I hope you like it.